Homer with some of his former teammates: Steve Sax, Wade Boggs and Ozzie Smith. (Photo: Milo Stewart, Jr.)
Today, Homer Simpson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
As a tribute to the infamous softball episode in which Homer and his team of MLB ringers defeated Shelbyville’s power plant, the Hall of Fame decided to bestow this induction honor to the legendary television dad. The episiode (“Homer at the Bat”) is considered to be one of the episodes in history. In fact, I consider it their best episode ever.
This “induction” is all about fun. It’s not a serious move but a way to have some humor and honor a television icon and the 25th anniversary of the episode.
But there are some people who don’t understand humor. Take a look at some comments regarding the induction from this post.
This brings me so much joy!
My love for The Simpsons and baseball came at the near same time for me as a young kid. It was only until my later years in high school did I start to really enjoy and appreciate The Simpsons. At the same time, my passion for baseball bloomed to a high fever pitch with the Oakland A’s making their run in the baseball world with Moneyball.
I look back at this episode and I proclaim this to be the show’s most perfect episode. Best ever? That is debatable. But the best story of all time? Absolutely. This show had no side stories. It was one continuous journey to see Homer’s triumph, then his fall, then his resurrection back to glory. It was funny. It was unfortunate. It was difficult to get all nine players to voice act.
But in the end, it beat the Cosby’s and helped establish The Simpsons as the real deal. And for Cooperstown to celebrate them like this? Absolutely wonderful! I want to go back to Cooperstown just for this exhibit. Maybe I will. Maybe I will!
It’s a fun joke the show tweeted out. But people actually believe that it is true. Yes, in the 2005 episode “Bonfire of the Manatees,” Homer was watching a game between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. However, that is it. Nowhere in the episode did they predict that it was a Super Bowl. If you actually watch the episode, or read the script, they stated that the game was played at the Broncos’ home stadium. Also, Homer bet on another game later in the episode.
But people decided to run with it as if it was real.
Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the airing of The Simpsons‘ episode of “Homer at the Bat”. In my opinion, it is the smoothest episode the show has ever produced. It may even be their best.
(Deadspin put together a really nice recap of the episode’s significance.)
I grew up a huge Simpsons fan but when this episode first aired, I was only a 5-year old boy. I didn’t even know what this show was until I got a little older. By the time I did finally watch the episode, I had no idea what kind of great impact this episode had.
But now that it’s 20 years later, I can appreciate it a lot more. Aside from the fact that baseball is my favorite sport, the best thing about this episode was its smooth storytelling.